Current day Warragamba in Wollondilly Shire and is approximately one and a half hours drive west of Sydney. It is bounded by the Nepean River in the north and north-east, Liverpool City and the Nepean River in the south-east, the southern edge of Gulguer Nature Reserve and the locality of Werombi in the south, and Werriberri Creek and the Warragamba River in the west. Land use in the area is mainly rural, with village settlements at Warragamba and Silverdale.
It is thought that the name Warragamba (Warra and Gamba) is derived from the aboriginal words mean “water running over rocks”.
The surrounding area includes the Blue Mountains National Park, Burragorang State Conservation Area, Gulguer Nature Reserve, Lake Burragorang, Warragamba Dam, Warragamba Water Catchment Area, Mary Walker Swimming Complex, Silverdale Rifle Range together with Warragamba Showground, one primary school and several parks.
In the 2011 Census the population of Warragamba – Silver was 5,381 covering 6,473 hectares with a population density of 0.78 people per hectare. (1)
The Warragamba River was discovered by George William Evans in 1804 when he came upstream to the present site of the Warragamba Dam. The town was original constructed as a workers’ settlement whilst the Dam was
being built to provide Sydney’s primary water source in the 1940s. The town was completely constructed from scratch including homes, shops, schools and other facilities. When the dam was finished the town was scheduled to be demolished but a community had been established and many workers bought their homes from the Water Board and stayed on in the township.
The unusual element about Warragamba is that the streets of the town do not have typical names but are numbered numerically, i.e. Nineteenth Street and First Street etc. (2)
(1) Profile ID.com.au